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NORMAN

Tibetan teacher to visit

The Norman Cultural Connection will host five evening talks with Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim beginning 7 p.m. Wednesday and continuing through May 5 at 1017 Elm Ave.

Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim, part of the Gaden Shartse Monastery in India, will present talks on "The Care of Sacred Objects," "Tibetan Culture and Buddhism," "The Four Noble Truths," "The Difference between Love and Attachment" and "The Many Deities of Mahayana Buddhism."

"Geshe” is a degree that is earned after several years of intensive study and passing the highest-level exams. It is the monastic equivalent of a western doctorate degree. Having successfully passed these exams, Geshe Tsultrim is considered an expert on Buddhist philosophy. Since 2015, he has taught traditional Buddhist philosophy in the United States, as well as traveling and teaching internationally in Mexico, South America, Spain, Portugal and other parts of Europe.

During his visit, he also will be available for private Tibetan astrological consultations.

Suggested donation is $10 donation. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Those interested in scheduling an astrology appointment, may contact Marial Martyn at 201-9991.

OKLAHOMA CITY

Chapel plans luncheon

The Oklahoma State Annual Conference Lay Organization will hold its annual Blue & White Recognition Luncheon and Workshop at 11 a.m. May 4 at Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1400 NE 13.

Facilitator for the day will be Judge Patricia Mayberry, president of the A.M.E. Church's Judicial Council, which is the denomination's highest judicial body.

The theme for this year’s luncheon is “Onward to Greatness.” Immediately after the luncheon, Mayberry will facilitate a workshop on “The Role of Stewards and Trustees in our local congregations.” The workshop is designed for individuals who desire to enhance leadership strategies for their organization. Mayberry is a member of Price Chapel A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles. In addition to her position with the Judicial Council, Mayberry holds positions at all levels of the A.M.E. Church. Professionally, Mayberry has extensive experience as a legal professional. Her background includes tenure as an Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG), service as a trial attorney and as an administrative law judge for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. She retired from the United States Air Force Reserves as a lieutenant colonel after 24 years of service. However, she has continued her Air Force career at Los Angeles Air Force Base.The luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. with the workshop immediately following. Registration cost of $40 includes both events.

For more information or to secure tickets, contact Cheryl Bollar-Neal, president of the Oklahoma State Annual Conference Lay Organization, at 886-8338 or cherylbollar9@hotmail.com. Prison ministry event set

The Oklahoma Jail & Prison Ministry's Spring Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. May 14 at the Petroleum Club, 100 N Broadway.

The ministry has two awards that it uses to acknowledge people who have had a significant impact on God’s kingdom through our ministry. The Sower Award is for a ministry volunteer who has served as a chaplain to inmates and the Spirit Award is for a financial supporter that has undergirded outreach and discipleship with the inmates.

This year’s event honors Jason Trice with the 2019 Spirit Award and George Rennix with the 2019 Sower Award. Trice serves as co-president and chief executive officer of Jasco Products Co. The Trice family and Jasco Giving Hope Foundation have been generous supporters of Oklahoma Jail & Prison Ministry. Rennix serves as president of the ministry's board of directors. He has been a long-time ministry volunteer at the Oklahoma County jail.

Individual tickets to the luncheon are $25. Tables of eight may be purchased for $200.

For more information and tickets, call 917-2242, email ojpm@ojpm.org or go to ojpm.org.

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